Congressman Adrian Smith says Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will have a chance to make significant changes in how the United States House is run once he becomes Speaker.
House Republicans gather today on Capitol Hill, expected to nominate Paul Ryan as the next Speaker. Ryan, the running mate of Mitt Romney in the unsuccessful 2012 GOP presidential campaign, has agreed to succeed Ohio Congressman John Boehner as Speaker.
Smith welcomes a new direction for the House with new House leadership.
“We have to come to a point where we move forward,” Smith tells Nebraska reporters in a conference call. “We may not get everything we want, but we can help turn this country around by coming together and moving in a direction we know that will grow our economy and create more opportunity.”
While not commenting directly on Boehner’s leadership style, Smith expects the role of House Speaker to change under Ryan. Smith anticipates that Ryan will be more attentive to the rank-and-file and will even encourage input from Republican Congressmen, rather than using a top-down approach.
Smith sees such a change as an opportunity for Republicans to come together on policy.
“As we look to empower various committee members on all of our committees, I think that’s important to be more inclusive of rank-and-file and I’m very confident that Paul Ryan can accomplish that.”
Smith expects tax reform to take on new urgency under Ryan, who served as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which is in charge of tax policy. Smith serves on the committee.
The full House is expected to vote on Speaker Thursday.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]